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Concrete Foundation Repair

clock July 31, 2018 15:51 by author
There are a lot of reasons that you may be having trouble with your concrete foundation. Let My Foundation Repair find a contractor that specializes in your situation and will repair your home.

Concrete Foundation Repair

There are a lot of factors that can weaken or damage your concrete foundation. Poor construction techniques, water damage, hydrostatic pressure, seismic shifts, and more. Every cause has a different solution. Some foundation damage may even have multiple causes. The sooner you have a professional contractor to evaluate your property, the less time, money, and effort it will take to strengthen your concrete foundation. 

Causes of Concrete Foundation Damage

As stated in the paragraph above there are a variety of causes of concrete foundation damage. 

Water Damage

It doesn't have to take a flood to cause water damage to a cement foundation. A hairline crack can allow water in where it can erode the concrete or soften the cement. In addition, if the water inside the crack freezes, it can exert a large amount of pressure on the concrete blocks, weakening them and in turn, putting your home in danger.

Hydrostatic Pressure

If the soil surrounding your concrete foundation becomes oversaturated, it can exert a great amount of force against your foundation wall. This pressure can cause the walls to bow or even fail. Soil can become saturated through heavy rains or snowmelt, improper drainage, landscaping too close to the house, and other factors. 

Seismic Activity

When you hear "seismic activity" you usually think "earthquake" and this is most often the case, but vibrations from trains or heavy truck traffic can also weaken foundation walls. Joints can weaken, causing the walls to lose support and leading to other foundation problems. 

Solutions for Cement Foundation Repair

Just as there are many causes for foundation issues, there are a variety of repair solutions. It takes a contractor with knowledge and experience to determine the best solution for any given problem. Make sure your contractor has a reputation for expertise and honesty. 

Wall Crack Repair

Depending on the type and size of the crack, there are some options when it comes to wall crack repair. A contractor may choose to utilize an epoxy to fill and cement the crack or they may use a carbon fiber support to strengthen the weak point, providing your foundation some needed strength. 

Bowed Wall Repair

Just as carbon fiber can be used to repair a crack, a carbon fiber support can be used to strengthen a bowed or leaning wall. The carbon fiber strip is anchored to the ground and to the supports at the top of the wall. The carbon fiber is stronger than concrete and won't stretch or break.

Helical tiebacks can also be used to straighten out a bowed or leaning wall. The supports are driven through the wall into the supporting soil outside, They are attached to a bracket on the inside and are tightened until the wall is straight and strong.

Plate anchors are similar to helical tiebacks and are used to hold a bowing or leaning wall straight while strengthening the wall. Both applications involve drilling a hole through the wall and anchoring to the soil outside of the foundation. 

Choose a Reputable Contractor

The most important decision you will make when deciding to repair your concrete foundation is which contractor you will use. My Foundation Repair is made up of a network of reputable and knowledgeable contractors that use Earth Contact Products (ECP) tools and equipment. ECP is the industry leader in foundation repair equipment, so the contractors will be using tools that match their workmanship. 

Don't let your cement foundation problems go another day without being repaired. Call us today and let one of our contractors work with you to make sure your home is strong, stable, and secure.



Why My Foundation Repairs Contractors Provide Superior Foundation Repair

clock June 21, 2018 11:32 by author
How do we know that our contractors provide superior foundation repair services? They have the products, training, and happy customers to prove it.

We have high standards, and when it comes to your foundation, we should.

Many companies claim they offer superior services. Most believe that is what they offer their clients. Some actually deliver that level of product and service. My Foundation Repairs has a network of contractors that do provide superior foundation repair and we want to share with you the reasons that they can provide this level of foundation repair service. 

Patented products backed by a strong warranty: Our contractors all use ECP (Earth Contact Products). ECP's engineering department holds numerous patents and trademarks for many of their products. They also offer warranties that include no fine print. They stand behind their products and hold their products to the highest standards in the industry. Many of the foundation repair products are hot-dipped, galvanized steel. They are cost effective but long lasting as well. 

Ongoing training on new products and products: Our contractors receiving training for all of the ECP products. As new products become available training is offered as well. Recently ECP launched a new product called Polypier. Polypier is a polyurethane concrete repair method used to lift and level sunken concrete. ECP recently offered on the job training for our network of contractors. See the video below:

https://youtu.be/5xNZnJjjq7M

Customers love our contractors: When you call us for our help in getting you in touch with a local foundation repair or waterproofing contractor, we will find you a local contractor that meets your needs. We recommend you do a search for that contractor on Google and read the reviews. You will find that customers leave high marks for our network of contractors!

ECP is committed to the environment: Our network uses products from a company that is committed to their community and to the environment

Great products, highly trained contractors, continued education, happy customers with problems that have been resolved: These are all things indicative of superior foundation repair contractors. Call us today to connect with a superior foundation repair contractor in your area. 



What happens to your foundation when it rains a lot?

clock June 14, 2018 12:52 by author
When it rains, the first things you might worry about are a leaking roof or pooling water in your yard. But there is a much more serious problem that can occur when it rains a lot: foundation problems. Here is what to look for.

Rain can cause a lot of problems, but you definitely need to pay attention to your foundation when it rains.

When it rains, the first things you might worry about are a leaking roof or pooling water in your yard. But there is a much more serious problem that can occur when it rains a lot: foundation problems. Here is what to look for. 

New cracks may form in your foundation walls

Not all cracks in your foundation are major problems, but even minor cracks can turn into larger problems if not kept in check. Cracks that are less than an eighth of an inch are pretty common to see. If you notice new cracks or changes in existing cracks in your foundation walls or floors, or even in drywall and ceilings in your home, it may be an indicator of soil changes due to heavy rains. These problems can get worse fast, so if you are experiencing heavy rains in your area keep cracks on your radar and have changes inspected by a foundation repair professional. 

Major changes can happen fast in the form of foundation settlement or bowing walls

Soil expands and contracts based on the weather conditions. Right now in our home area of Kansas City, it has been really dry. This causes the soil to contract away from the foundation. But if we get a heavy rain it will change everything very fast. Water will go right to those areas where the soil has contracted, and the wet soil will expand, putting pressure on foundation walls causing them to bow in and crack and even fail. If it is really dry and you have a sudden, heavy rain, check your foundation walls in your basement or crawl space for leaks. If you notice musty odors or dampness make sure to contact a contractor for help because there may be water coming in from places you aren't seeing. 

Luckily our network of contractors knows that foundation repair and waterproofing go hand in hand. Many of our contractors can resolve issues with water in your basement or crawl space as well as repair bowing walls and foundation settlement. To learn more call us today. We will find you a contractor in your local area to help you out!



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